Top-150 money race heats up


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The fight to finish among the top-125 isn’t the only compelling money list struggle being waged Sunday at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

A top-150 finish can save a season.

By finishing Nos. 126-150 on the money list, a player earns conditionally exempt status for 2010. Conditional status could secure between 18 to 22 starts next season. PGA Tour members also get unlimited sponsor exemptions and can add to those starts. Also, finishing among the top-150 exempts a player into the final stage of Q-School. Players who finish outside the top-150 face the prospect of making trips to second stage next week. Q-School graduates rank higher on the priority list than players with conditional status.

Ryan Palmer is sitting on the bubble at No. 150 on the money list, but he isn't sweating exemptions. His victory at the Ginn sur Mer Classic last season makes him exempt through 2010.

Carl Petterson is 151st on the money list, but he’s also exempt through next year as winner of the 2008 Wyndham Championship. Petterson is in position to gain another two-year exemption as he’s in the hunt for the title Sunday just one shot off the lead.

Dean Wilson (No. 152) made the cut and can make some hay with a rally today. He starts Sunday tied for 45th in the tournament.

Leif Olson (No. 153) missed the cut.

Mathias Gronberg (No. 190) secured PGA Tour privileges for next season via the Nationwide Tour, but he is focused on a two-year exemption as he's among four players tied for the lead.